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Bamboo properties and suitability as a replacement for wood

Anokye, Rogerson and Bakar, Edi Suhaimi and Ratnasingam, Jegatheswaran and Awang, Khairul (2016) Bamboo properties and suitability as a replacement for wood. Pertanika Journal of Scholarly Research Reviews, 2 (1). pp. 63-79. ISSN 2462-2028

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The utilization of bamboo as a manufacturing material is becoming globally attractive in the wood and wood product industries today. This is due to the numerous industrial applications and uses of the bamboo plant from its fast growth, availability, unique appearance and strength. Bamboo has been popularly known for its traditional uses such as poultry cages, vegetable baskets, incense sticks, skewers and chopsticks, woven blinds and handicrafts. Very little has been done on the industrial processing of bamboo into boards. Several authors have studied and reported on the utilization, processing and the properties of this emerging material as an alternative to the increasing decline of wood in the forest. This review aims to compare and contrast some of the works done on the advancement in producing laminated bamboo timber. The properties of bamboo and its laminated products attest to its potency in substituting wood. Bamboo utilisation has increased significantly in the wood and wood product industries, with adequate retooling in most processing firms in the sector. In line with the development and use of bamboo-laminated timber for the purpose of wood in furniture production, the creation of bamboo plantations on degraded lands will meaningfully support production and mitigate the degradation of forest.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Bamboo; Laminated bamboo timber; Physical properties; Mechanical properties
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Forestry
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
Publisher:Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
ID Code:20091
Deposited By: Nabilah Mustapa
Deposited On:23 Nov 2012 11:00
Last Modified:26 Apr 2016 13:08

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